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Film festivals are more important than religious festivals: Amala Akkineni at HBFF

Actor Nagarjuna Akkineni, and dancer-animal rights activist Amala Akkineni inaugurated the Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival on 19 July.

Roushni Sarkar

The 6th Edition of Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival was inaugurated by actor Nagarjuna Akkineni, and dancer-animal rights activist Amala Akkineni on 19 July. Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Urojahaj and Subrata Sen’s Manab Manabi were screened, following the inaugural ceremony.

Both Nagarjuna and Amala emphasized on the importance of films festivals in various cities around the country in the contemporary social and political context. They also spoke of incorporating films of various other languages in the festivals.

“I feel it is more important to organise film festivals than religious festivals because the former allow people from every religious backgrounds to come together on the basis of cultural connectivity,” Amala said.

The Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival has come a long way with guests now coming from various parts of the country and Bangladesh as well. Filmmakers Pratim D Gupta, Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Indraadip Dasgupta, Bauddhayan Mukherji, Indranil Ghosh, Saibal Mitra and artistes Rahul Banerjee and Swastika Mukherjee were also present at the ceremony.